Fang Yi Shao is an orphan girl who is pretty cheerful and a wonderful cook.
She has a stall in the market where she cooks delicious soup loved by everyone.
One day, just before she was about to close her eatery, a man, who looks like quite rich came to sit down in one of her tables. He seemed very very upset.
Fang Yi Shao started cooking something for him. They got talking and said that a monk had told him that the first girl that he talks to would be able to help him solve his problem. It seemed the girl was her.
The man told her that he was having some people to dine in his house but their cook had gone. He then begged her to help him out.
As he was looking so sad Yi Shao agreed to help him.
She was busy in the kitchen, when someone knocked her over the head, making her unconscious.
When she came to, she was in a carriage wearing a traditional red wedding dress.
She found that she had been left more than 1000 tael of silvers and a letter telling her that she was marrying the son of the magistrate in place of his daughter who threatened to kill herself if she was forced to marry.
Yi Shao married Sheng Yong.
Yi Shao was a hit with her in-laws. They saw immediately that their delinquent son had changed a little bit. That is he woke up early and joined them for a delicious breakfast cooked by their new daughter in law.
After breakfast, Sheng Yong was advised by his parents to pay respect to Yi Shao’s parents.
Yi Shao tried to dissuade him from going but he insisted. The Fengs went along with Yi Shao in the end.
After the visit, Yi Shao asked her husband to take her out to dinner. They went to the swankiest restaurant in town whose chef apparently has a recommendation from the king.
Yi Shao ordered and was told that what she wanted was not in their menu, plus the fact that it was impossible to cook.
Yi Shao was challenged into cooking her own food.
They were so delicious that it caused a stampede which hurt some and broke some furniture.
Episode 3 & 4
His magistrate father punished both Yi Shao and Sheng Yong to work at the restaurant.
It proves very profitable for the restaurateur.
Yi Shao and Sheng Yong went to complain to the restaurateur that he was profiting too much from their labor. But they found him dead.
Yi Shao and Sheng Yong are really getting along fine. She had become a good influence on him.
Sheng Yong’s mother mistakenly thought that Yi Shao is already pregnant. She can’t wait to tell the magistrate.
The mother called Yi Shao and told her that they will go to the temple to make an offering.
When Yi Shao asked Sheng Yong what kind of temple where they were going, he said it was a fertility temple. Yi Shao jumped to the conclusion that Sheng Yong’s mother must be pregnant. 🙂
Sheng Yong was scandalised. He said his mother is 40 and his father is nearing 60!
Anyway, they went to the temple with the mother and was quite happy that Sheng Yong had turned rather filial.
It only takes one thought to become a Buddha or a demon.
– Head nun at the longevity temple
Yi Shao and Sheng Yong helped the magistrate to uncover the real culprit on the murder of the restaurateur.
It was the head nun who brought up the daughter of the restaurateur by his wife he forced to marry him.
The woman was won by the restaurateur through gambling.
Episode 7 – 11
Yi Shao continues to endear herself to everyone she meets via her prowess with cooking.
She is quickly becoming a confidante of her father-in-law.
One thing though, her mother-in-law was shocked to find out from her son that he had not had his wedding night with Yi Shao yet.
He thought she was so young, but her mother said that she had him before she was twenty.
Anyway, Sheng Yong told YI Shao about having a baby. When he asked her if she wanted a baby, she said no. She then elaborated that she was not confident because of how her mother and father were. She was scared.
Sheng Yong told her there is no hurry and gave her a kiss on the cheek, which quite like.
Sheng Yong was aware that his father was rather disappointed in him. His parents thought he was a bit a wastrel, an idler.
But Yi Shao has so much positive influence with Sheng Yong. He wanted to please her and because his father thought he should learn Kung Fu and Yi Shao agreed, Sheng Yong agreed as well.
But finding a master was another thing. Master Mo made him jump in hoops before he accepted him as a disciple. It was really Yi Shao’s cooking which was the deal breaker.
Aside from Kung Fu, Sheng Yong was also to learn literature.
Sheng Yong’s Kung Fu had vastly improved and his master is very pleased with him.
His new literature teacher was a bit of a soot-sayer. He foretold that he will have a great sadness withing the year. He had to be careful of his wife, because she might die.
Song Dynasty Bei Dou Department (Chinese Drama Review & Summary)
Aka: The Plough Department of Song Dynasty
Genre: Historical Costume Drama Fiction, Romance, Wuxia, Love Triangle
Release Date: 19 March 2019
Cdrama: 36 Episodes
Xu Ke as Tai Sue
Zhang Yu Jian as Liu Suifeng
Dai Luwa as Wu Yaoguang
Yue Rong as Di Lingzi
Zhang Jingtong as De Miao
Lu Xin as Luo Dongshan
Song Hanyu as Meng Dong
Niu Zhiqiang as Xuan Xuanzi
Zhou Hankun as You Nian Meng Dong
Lu Jincong as Xiao Linzi
Three young heroes working for a secret crime solving department under the direct authority of the king.
I just watched the first episode and found it engaging and pretty exciting.
It started with a fox enchantress that had been hounding the people for money and treasure. Anyway, Liu Siufeng saw the beautiful white fox which vanished but only to return in the form of a beautiful woman.
Liu Siufeng was a bit of a Lothario. He loves the opposite sex.
When the fox woman threw herself into his arms, he was only too willing to embrace her. He then told her that he will protect her and make her his own.
Unfortunately for him, his sentiment was curtailed by the forceful arrival of Yaoguang who threw her gun (staff) at the back of the fox woman, causing her to fall on the ground.
Siufeng was frustrated and told Yaoguang surely she could have given him a few minutes with the woman.
But his frustration turned into alarm when the fox lady got up and battled it out with Siufeng, who has super strength.
Suifeng pulled on the fox woman hair and it came off. Siufeng was surprised at the wig. Then next came the beautiful mask and showed a not so beautiful face.
Siufeng finally helped Yaoguang to defeat the woman by using his superpower of the Buddhist Lion Roar which stunned the woman fox.
Siufeng concluded that the most beautiful women are those who are not wearing make-up.
They brought in the fox woman in to the secret Plough Department, which is like an ancient Chinese version of James Bond HQ at M16. They even have a Q, who was working on sophisticated (for that time) gadgets. And of course, they have M in the person of the Defense Minister.
Suifeng and Yaoguang were given a new mission, directly from the king.
A few days ago, the Imperial Censor Zheng was behaving erratically in the street when he was murdered by an immortal who climbed through the sky via a rope.
The King is concerned that the people are now looking up the sky to pay homage to the immortal. The king wanted them to investigate this ‘immortal’.
Suifeng and Yaoguang went to the market town where the murder happened. It was a busy bustling place. A street performer who can do magic was very popular.
Then wanted to talk with him but he seemed to vanish at will. This man was Tai Sue.
The investigation by Suifeng and Yaoguang led them to Guru Demiao who had the reputation of being able to bring the dead to life again.
Many people were praising her for her kindness and prowess but Suifeng saw through her immediately. He thought was greedy and using tricks for her supposed talent.
They found out for sure that this was the case when they finally able to speak with Tai Sue.
Apparently, he hated the guts of Guru Demiao because she helped killed his Shifu (Master).
Tai Sue said that after his Shifu was killed he wandered from place to place alone perfecting the legacy of his master. He had just came back to town and was following Guru Demiao. He found her with the Imperial Censor Zheng.
He heard them talking how Imperial Censor Zheng was going to send a letter to the king about the tricks on the people Guru Demiao had been doing. She had been making victims out of victims.
Guru Demiao killed Imperial Censor Zheng there and then and put him in a chest.
As Censor Zheng was an important person, Guru Demiao used more magic tricks to make him come ‘alive’. She then ordered someone to kill him.
It was actually Tai Sue, who continued with the trickery by spreading magic dust tot he people and then he climbed on a rope to the heaven.
Tai Sue did this to highlight the news of the death of the Imperial Censor, which would attract the attention of the king, who would then send major players to investigate.
These players were, of course, Suifeng and Yaoguang.
Loving this drama. My only concern, which is very little actually was that Tai Sue is wearing too much make up. His lips are so red, certainly redder than Yaoguang.
Fern Pimchanok Leuwisedpaiboon as Rumpapat (Rumpa)
Sun Prachakorn Piyasakulkaew
Nara Thepnupha as Paphada
Pete Puntakarn Thongjure as Ronnachai
Rujira Chuaykua (Khem) as Paweeda
Pupae Ramawadee Sirisuka as Orathai
David Asavanond as Character Name
Dao Nathapatsorn Simasthien as Actress with Cameron Diaz smile
Kittiphong Tantichinanon (Pop) as cinematographer
The lead girl is so beautiful, I did not recognise from that Little Thing Called Love. She was that cute dark girl. and of course, Tao Sattaphong was that gorgeous prince in Princess Hours
Yuttakarn was being hustled by his debtors and was given three days to settle what he owes.
Meanwhile, Rumpa was the boss from hell. She was very exacting and feared by her employees. She is the new CEO of her father’s film production company.
Her father had brought in to live with them his new wife and her daughter which aggrieved and caused friction with Rumpa.
Rumpa was going wild and humiliated her new stepsister by grabbing her head and pushing it on a creamy cake.
Her father had had enough of her bad behavior and told her that if she won’t try to get on with his new family then she should leave his house.
Rumpa had bullied her secretaries so many times that they either resign or fired. She was on her tenth, which she fired.
She tasked her office manager to get her another secretary for the next day.
Here enters Yuttakarn.
Rumpa at first was not liking the idea of a male secretary but because of some problem at work, she was too busy to think more about it.
Yuttakarn followed wherever she went and saw the chaos at first hand inside a film editing room.
It was the day of the press conference for their new movie and yet they could not agree to the trailer that should be shown.
Rumpa was a perfectionist and was very unhappy with the trailer result. She then found out that the last part of the trailer had gone missing.
It was taken by her father’s business partner who had had enough of her high and mighty attitude.
Her father found out what had happened and went to his partner to take the film back. At first the partner refuses to return it until Rumpa comes especially and begged for it.
In the end he agreed but said he will leave the company to form his own.
She asked to contact the lead actor of their film to reshoot the trailer but he was unavailable.
She found out that he was having a R&R in a hotel a few hours away and can’t be disturbed.
This is where Yuttakarn showed he could help. He told Rumpa that he knew the bellhop of the hotel. Together they drove to the hotel and more or less Rumpa threatened the actor to shift his butt or he will never work in the business again.
They got their reshoot but coming back was taking them so long and their new trailer would be late for the press con.
Her father was calling her to tell her he has got the film but Rumpa ignored his calls.
He was thinking was his baby girl not answering his call when his car crashed into a lorry.
Rumpa managed to deliver the trailer on the dot. She was feted for her company’s new film.
Meanwhile she was looking for her father who was not in attendance but her stepmother and stepsister were there.
Someone showed her a newsflash of her father’s crash.
Yuttakarn took her to the hospital. But it seems that Yuttakarn is more than just a secretary.
Someone is paying him to spy on Rumpa. Who is this mysterious boss?
Rumpa went to the ex-partner of Thai Films Co who took all the directors with him when he left the company.
The stepmother used sex to seduce Rumpa’s father into giving her his shares in the company.
The stepmother and daughter have started going to the company to ‘work’.
However, Rumpa is not making it easy for them. She trapped them on the lift and then gave them a pig-sty of an office but her father told Rumpa off for being disrespectful.
In the end, Rumpa needed the help of her step-sister to get to a Hong Kong idol to star in a film their company is to produce.
While Rumpa was trying to convince Simon, the idol, to do a movie with them, Uncle Frank arrived and interrupted.
It looks like Yuttakarn is a spy being paid by Uncle Frank.
Jiro Wang plays the emperor Wen Lou who has an extensive harem.
His eunuch gave him a couple of trays with the name of his concubines. He can choose one that he will be bedding for the night.
This time he chose Bu Meng not because he particularly fancied her but because she has to pay for the slight or debt her father, Imperial Censor Bu, caused or owed to the emperor.
Bu Meng is contented in the palace but she does not like having to service the emperor, so tries to make herself as inconspicuous as possible so she does not get any attention, especially from the Emperor.
“Better a bad life than a good death”
– Chinese Proverb as told by Mengfei
When the eunuch has come to fetch her, she did everything to repulse the order including drenching her clothes in poo.
She was hiding in the garden when the emperor happened to find her cooing to a cuckoo. The emperor had asked her who she was but she headbutted the emperor and gave him a nosebleed, Mengfei panicked and run away.
The Emperor called all the members of his harem and had a look at his concubine one by one.
Sure enough, he recognised Mengfei, she had told him that she has an allergic reaction to face cream so her face is full of acne and pimples.
Despite Mengfei not wanting to be with the Emperor, many do because he is quite handsome.
Mengfei was punished for a 10-day house arrest. The emperor was very surprised that she was not complaining.
MengFei is becoming a favourite of the emperor.
The Noble Lady Ru was upset about it and was going to punish Mengfei. Luckily the emperor heard about it and intervened.
But Mengfei’s trouble did not stop. Her two fellow concubines who had become her friends are also being targeted. One was almost pushed into the water to drown while the other’s manor was set on fire. Mengfei herself was almost poisoned.
Thank goodness for Noble Lady Xiao who helped in all their cases.
They asked Noble Lady Xiao if she was in love with the emperor? She said no she has already someone in her heart.
Apparently, Noble Lady Xiao used to pretend as a man so she could enter the army under her father, who was a general.
In the army, she fell for Shen Shang who told her that he will ask for permission to marry her after the war.
Unfortunately, her father died and Shen Shang had not come for her so to protect her, the emperor who was her friend made her as one of his concubines.
Everyone was obsessed with the novel, Lady in the Palace., especially Noble consort Ru, who sees herself as the protagonist of the novel.
It is about the Princess who was much admired and being fought over by a least seventeen men.
When the novel stopped at a crucial point, Mengfei started adding chapters to it as a revenge to Consort Ru, who eventually found out about it.
She was on her way to castigate her but someone had gotten to Menfei and warned her. She was advised to go to the palace as the safest place to avoid Consort Ru’s wrath.
In the palace he found the emperor having a contented bathing time.
As soon as he saw her, he was going to shout but she covered his mouth with her hand and jumped into the bath with him as soon as she heard the fast approaching footstep of Consort Ru.
There she stayed and the emperor protected her.
Consort Ru is desperate to seduce the Emperor to get herself pregnant so she can cement her position as the most powerful woman behind the throne.
She first applied an obnoxious concoction that she was told was an aphrodisiac. Instead, they start talking about her and her stinkiness.
Even the Emperor who came to visit her told her that she should have a bath.
This did not stop her, she then learnt to belly dance.
The emperor was not seduced really but wanted to know whether it hurts to shake her arms and shoulders.
She then continues her seduction by giving the emperor a drink. But to make it sexier, she drinks the wine and then would kiss him to pass the wine. But it was not going well because she kept swallowing the wine herself.
On her third cup, she fell on the emperor’s arm asleep.
The emperor was leaving but his chief eunuch has told him that he should stay with Consort Ru to prevent her powerful father from complaining that she is being ignored by the emperor.
He stayed the whole night in her room reading books.
In the morning, Consort Ru was woken by her maid with the good news that the king stayed with her all night.
After a few days, her maid had her convinced that she was pregnant. She was eating more and she was becoming puffy in the face.
She was so convinced that she was pregnant, she told the emperor, who disabused her of her idea that he did anything with her that night.
Consort Ru was so upset.
This is rather a bizarre episode involving a chicken.
Anyway, the Emperor was watching a cockfighting. His beloved rooster, Small white won his fights.
Then enters Mengfei, who jinxed Small White. He just keeled over. Despite the Imperial doctor attending to Small White, it died.
The Emperor what so annoyed he order that Menfei is beheaded. She fainted on the spot, the emperor then decreed that the doctor is also beheaded. He also fainted right next to Mengfei.
Anyway, the Emperor did not push through his order of execution but he was really sad.
As punishment for Mengfei, she had to provide a grand and extravagant funeral for Small White.
Before it can be buried, Small White had turned into a beautiful but rather scary spirit. She bullies the four concubines.
She demands tributes and payment, not just food but jewelry.
Anyway, Mengfei cannot take it anymore she sneaked out and went into the palace to see the Emperor. She told him that his Small White had turned into a vengeful spirit.
The Emperor though she had gone mad he indulged her anyway and went to see the spirt.
Immediately he told her that she was a concubine who was super strong and knew magic tricks. She was no spirit.
Anyway, Mengfei went to speak to the Spirit who admitted that she was lying but she wanted to leave the palace but she needed money.
So Mengfei helped her to take anything she could carry and get out of the palace ground.